Sometimes as we struggle to lose or maintain our weight here in America, and turn to things like zero calorie sweeteners, we forget how much of the world struggles to just get a meal on the table for their children. We have very differing problems, but the naturally zero calorie sweetener brand Truvia® has kicked off a charitable initiative called “Sharing a Sweet Future”. in conjunction with the World Food Program USA, to help impoverished Bolivians nourish their children.Learn even more about the Truvia® brand’s initiative here
Making a #SweetFuture for Bolivian Children
Why Bolivia? Two-thirds of the Bolivian population live below the poverty line. Many struggle to support even their children’s most basic food needs. The majority of Bolivian children are suffering from nutritional deficiencies and do not get enough food to meet their minimum daily caloric intake. The food families do have is cooked on inefficient primitive cook stoves, that create harmful smoke exposure, leading to additional health issues.
The Sharing a Sweet Future charitable initiative provides nutritionally-balanced school meals to Bolivian school children, and fuel efficient stoves to help their families more safely make meals at home.
The folks at Truvia® have created a video series showcasing the everyday hardships experienced by Bolivian families. Amazingly, $1 dollar can feed 4 kids. Want to help out? Share the Truvia® brand’s video to support their Sharing a Sweet Future initiative. $1 feeds 4 kids.
Enter to Win, while Sharing this Important Message.
Those sharing the videos through Facebook or Twitter (Follow Truvia on Twitter) with the hashtag #SweetFuture Will be entered to win a Truvia® prize pack, including Truvia® products such as Truvia® sweetener packets and Truvia® spoonable, by showing how they’ve shared one or more of the Truvia® brand’s #SweetFuture videos to help support the Truvia® initiative.
Light Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars Recipe
Now I have a recipe for you, that addresses a common issue here in the United States, among both adults and children, obesity (which oddly enough has it’s own associated nutritional deficiencies). It is a Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar recipe, that is lower in fat, has plenty of nutrients and drastically reduced sugar thanks to the use of Truvia® Baking Blend. Enjoy, but remember, no matter how much healthier it may be, it is still dessert.
- 1 cup quick oats
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup ground almonds (crunchy almond butter would be fine, as well)
- ⅓ cup trans fat free spread
- 3 tbs Truvia Baking Blend
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- 3 egg whites
- ⅛ tsp creme de tartar
- 1 package ⅓ less fat cream cheese, softened
- 1 whole egg
- 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- ⅓ cup Truvia Baking Blend
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix together the crust ingredients, until well distributed and crumbly.
- Dump the crust mix into a greased (or non-stick sprayed) 8×11 baking dish. Gently press down, and even out height. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven.
- While crust is baking, Beat the 3 egg whites with the creme de tartar, until forming stiff peaks. Set aside.
- Whisk together the remaining ingredients in different bowl until well mixed, then fold the egg whites into the filling, until smoothly distributed.
- Spread filling over crust and bake for 20-22 minutes.
- Allow to cool to room temperature before refrigerator. Serve well chilled with whipped cream.